WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – There are not many events in sports that can compare to a track & field championship. It is months and months of preparation and hard work coming together all in one race. It's one opportunity.
The Virginia Commonwealth University men's track & field team knows that and is focused on making the sure that the opportunity isn't wasted in a couple weeks by preparing through meets like the Colonial Relays, a high-caliber meet hosted by the College of William & Mary this past weekend.
Seniors DeAngelo Wilson (Richmond, Va.) and Kevin Brinkley (Richmond, Va.), along with the Black & Gold relay teams were the highlights of what was a strong weekend for the Rams.
Wilson continued his strong start to the spring by scoring in two individual events and one relay. The veteran placed fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.98 and eighth in the 200-meter dash at 21.97 in windy conditions.
Brinkley displayed why he was a threat to become a conference champion in a few weeks by earning a second-place finish in the pole vault. The senior standout has yet to finish outside the top two at any event this year.
Wilson teamed with the junior trio of Donnie Seward (Richmond, Va.), Antonio Norvell (Richmond, Va.) and Kyle Jones (Richmond, Va.) to post two second-place performances in the relays. The quartet crossed the line in 41.26 in the 4x100 and 1:26.74 in the 4x200.
"It was a really good week for our relay squads," Head Coach Julian Spooner said. "With the conference championships are approaching, you're really working on fine tuning some things and getting your guys ready for that one run. This was a solid step towards that."
Norvell wasn't done as he also placed third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.69.
Freshman Justin Kendall (Richmond, Va.) (pictured, right) put on quite a show in the 800-meter run with a personal best of 1:53.93 to place in the top-10 of a prestigious field of runners.
Overall the Rams finished 11th out of 30 teams accumulating 40 points over the two-day meet.
The Rams will stay in state next weekend and
travel to the UVA Invitational, before returning home to host the
VCU Invitational on April 17th at Sports Backers Stadium.